10 Crazy Facts About UFC 1

10. Teeth-Gate

In his quarter-final win over Teila Tuli, Gerard Gordeau put a brutal beating on his opponent, instantly making a statement that the latter could be one to watch out for. So vicious was Gordeau’s offense, a kick to the face of his fallen sumo opponent saw three of Tuli’s teeth knocked out.

Now, while the initial thought was that these teeth had been sent out of the Octagon due to the force of Gordeau’s kicks, the ewww-inducing truth of the matter was that two of the teeth had actually gotten stuck in the foot of the Dutchman.

Deciding that any extraction of the teeth would leave Gordeau with an open wound with which he’d be unable to fight, doctors decided to tape up the former Savate World Heavyweight Champion's foot with the teeth still lodged in place.

Gordeau would actually make it all the way to the final of UFC 1, although his losing effort to Royce Gracie was marred in controversy after Gerard intentionally bit his opponent. Gracie would still get the submission win in this final contest – although he was in no rush to loosen his winning choke, as Gracie made a point of showcasing his unhappiness with Gordeau's antics.


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